I catch myself telling friends that I am bored more often than I care to admit. I have a large list of things that I would love to accomplish or tackle, but finding motivation to accomplish them is often more of a challenge than it should be.
If you Google the word “Bored”, you will find the following definition:
- Feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity
It is not very often that I find myself unoccupied, so that clearly isn’t a problem for me. I find more often that I am lacking interest in the activity that I am doing.
My biggest concern with using the statement “I’m so bored” is that it makes me look ungrateful for the many blessings in my life. I can think of many more tasks that would be much less desirable than whatever “boring” task I am doing, whatever the reason for needing to accomplish the given task is be it for work, or as a step in accomplishing a larger goal for example.
The second challenge with using this statement is that I am often using it when I really mean that I am unmotivated to accomplish another task. Admitting boredom is often easier than admitting that I have the undesirable quality of laziness or a lack of motivation to accomplish a task. Ultimately, I am using it as a mask to cover up my weakness.
Do you have a word that you use as a mask do cover up something else that you actually mean because it sounds better, but actually doesn’t match the definition of the word that you are using?